Caldwell Selected for National Leadership Development Program

ADRIAN, Mich – Adrian College is pleased to announce that Dr. Agnes Caldwell, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, is one of 20 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Executive Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to the presidency of an independent college or university. As a participant, Caldwell will attend two seminars and ongoing webinars, participate in a mentoring program, develop experiential learning projects focused on specific areas of presidential responsibility, and complete a series of readings and case studies.

“The Academy will help prepare CAOs to serve as effective college presidents,” says Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Competition for available places in the Academy was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Dr. Caldwell has the potential for highly effective leadership as a college or university president.”

Caldwell received her Ph.D., from Wayne State University specializing in community organizing and development. She was recognized in 2007 by Adrian College as the award recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award through the International Teaching and Learning Conference. She also received the Adrian College Teaching Excellence Award through the United Methodist Church in 2006. Additionally, she was twice recognized as Adrian College’s Outstanding Service Learning faculty member by Michigan Campus Compact. She has presented over thirty times at conferences and presented numerous workshops on teaching effectiveness.

She is the author of the Test Bank and Instructor’s Manual for Sociological Outlook (2007), published by Rowman and Littlefield; the Teaching Resource Guide to Critical Thinking in the Sociological Classroom (2004) published by the American Sociological Association and a contributor to “Community-Based Research Assessments: Some Principles and Practices” co-authored with Stoecker, Ambler, Cutforth, Donohue, Dougherty, Marullo, Nelson, Stutts, in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (2003).

“Vice President Caldwell is a respected mentor and established leader,” Adrian College president, Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking notes. “A strong candidate for the CIC Executive Leadership Academy, she has demonstrated her success in her evolving roles as a member of our faculty and the administrative team. Having served as the vice president for academic affairs, she is credited with leading a movement to increase graduate programming and enhance competitive academic offerings. Caldwell has proven herself as a dedicated and passionate advocate for higher education, and is a worthy nominee for inclusion in the academy.” For more information about the Executive Leadership Academy, visit


Agnes Caldwell, Adrian College (MI) Andy Chambers, Missouri Baptist University (MO) Gregory Dewey, University of La Verne (CA) James Fleming, Wheeling Jesuit University (WV) Mary Ann Gawelek, Seton Hill University (PA) Cheryl Lynn Horsey, Gwynedd-Mercy College (PA) Michael Kenney, Madonna University (MI) Ann Landis, Thomas University (GA) Richanne Mankey, Daemen College (NY) James McCloskey, Duquesne University (PA) Suzanne Mellon, Saint Anselm College (NH) Marie Morris, Anderson University (IN) Timothy O’Rourke, Virginia Wesleyan College (VA) James Ostrow, Lasell College (MA) James Patterson, Centenary College (NJ) Thomas Pistorino, Regis College (MA) Julian Schuster, Webster University (MO) Tanya Shelton, Alderson-Broaddus College (WV) Stuart Sigman, American Jewish University (CA) Adriene Wright, Florida Memorial University (FL)